The Distance Education Initiative (DEI) has been established to expand substantially the University’s provision of online distance learning (ODL) at postgraduate level, reaching a sustainable target of approximately equal numbers of students learning through ODL to those learning on campus in ten years. To support this significant increase in ODL student numbers, the University is now developing an effective, scalable and sustainable technical and student support infrastructure to deliver a high quality experience to ODL students throughout their time at the University.

This programme will deliver the components of the Distance Education infrastructure, which will be managed by IS Applications Division. Information about the Distance Education Initiative is available from the DEI Steering Group Wiki at:https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/DistanceEducationInitiative/DEI




Professor Jeff Haywood VP and CIO

Programme Owner

  • Dr Sue Rigby, Vice Principal Taught Postgraduate Studies
  • Dr Sian Bayne, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr Judy Hardy, College of Science and Engineering
  • Prof. Jeremy Bradshaw, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
  • Liz Welch, Finance Shelagh Green, SASG
  • Prof David Dewhurst, Learning Technology Section
  • Bryan MacGregor, Information Services
  • Dr Jon Turner, Institute of Academic Development
  • Russell Bartlett, Communications and Marketing

DEI Steering Group


Sarah Gormley, Information Services

Programme Manager

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